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Tesla OK’d by Pennsylvania Assembly to Add Company Stores

Tesla Motors Inc., which has battled U.S. auto dealer groups over its direct sales of electric cars through company-owned stores, was approved by lawmakers in Pennsylvania to expand retail operations there.

The state House yesterday passed legislation, approved by the Senate last week, that lets the Palo Alto, California-based carmaker increase the number of stores in Pennsylvania and add more service centers, the company said in an e-mailed statement. The legislation, which allows as many as five stores in the state, passed 197-2 in the House and still must be signed by Governor Tom Corbett, a Republican, to become law.